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A new move in denying climate change

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 14, 2010 | 2:57 pm

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., is a leading contender to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Why is this frightening? Because Shimkus is one of those global-warming deniers. And he is blaming God for his inability to come to terms with pretty simple science.

The above video shows Shimkus quoting Genesis and Matthew during a Congressional hearing. Here’s

The earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood. I appreciate having panelists here who are men of faith and we can get into the theological discourse of that position, but I do believe that God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.”

I too believe the word of God is infallible. But that doesn’t mean that rising carbon levels aren’t destroying our global ecosystem. For one thing, there is nothing irreconcilable about God saying He would never again course the ground or flood the Earth and man-made climate change doing just that.

Religion Dispatches has a transcript of the passages that Shimkus quoted.

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